Medical Website Security and HIPAA Website Audit Requirements -Clarity



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medical website security auditsThe HIPAA Privacy & Security Audit Program is a newly implemented government system to ensure that all medical businesses and agencies are compliant with HIPAA standards. Many healthcare practitioners have been briefed on how to prepare their physical location for a HIPAA audit, but preparing your website security standards for the audit may seem more difficult. Read on for an overview.

 

How to Prepare for a HIPAA Audit

In general, the main thing to remember as you prepare for a HIPAA audit is that if your practice is already complying with HIPAA standards (and you most likely are), you have nothing to worry about. Familiarize yourself with the protocol and the HIPAA audit requirements so that you know what to expect, and take steps to have significant documentation of your standards and processes. The issue for most healthcare organizations isn’t one of complying with HIPAA audit requirements, but rather being able to quickly and efficiently prove adherence to standards.

 


Your Medical Website Security and Data Audits

Once we turn on auditing for an application, it will return XML blocks, or organized data that contains field names, the identity of the user who changed a particular field, the old value, the new value, and more.

If you have a HIPAA compliant website, then your auditing process within the website already exists. It is important to understand how this auditing process works. First of all, the connection to look for will ideally be a 256-bit SSL encrypted connection, which makes data impossible to read except by authorized personnel on the receiving and sending ends. HIPAA compliant websites are encrypted in this way not just on the transmission level but on the data level, as well. You need to be able to audit your own data, which means you’re able to track logins and who sees or changes information.

 


Designing to Survive a Medical Website Security Audit

External audits aside, Clarity healthcare website designers have internal HIPAA audit requirements in mind, too. We use an automated tool that allows us to create a data structure and turn on a base of code that can create audit trails dynamically. Once we turn on auditing for an application, it will return XML blocks, or organized data that contains field names, the identity of the user who changed a particular field, the old value, the new value, and more. This makes it extremely easy for administrators to access and prove HIPAA compliance. All they need to do is pull up their dashboard in the administrator role, and display their audit trail. Contact Clarity today if you’re interested in taking the headache out of HIPAA audit requirements.

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